FREQUENCY OF ACCIDENTS IN WHICH THE SAFETY BELT DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO A REDUCTION OF THE CONSEQUENCES

HAEUFIGKEIT VON UNFAELLEN, BEI DENEN DER SICHERHEITSGURT NICHT ZUR VERMINDERUNG DER FOLGEN BEIGETRAGEN HAT

BY MEANS OF SURVEYS CARRIED OUT AT ACCIDENT CLINICS AND MEDICAL INSTITUTES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DATA ARE BEING COLLECTED ON ROAD ACCIDENTS IN WHICH SERIOUS OR FATAL INJURIES OCCURRED IN SPITE OF OR AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF A SAFETY BELT. BY DRAWING ON POLICE ACCIDENT RECORDS THE PERTINENT ACCIDENTS ARE BEING ANALYSED AND STUDIED TO DETERMINE WHETHER AND TO WHAT EXTENT THE USE OF THE SAFETY BELT IN INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES HAD A NEGATIVE EFFECT. THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE SAFETY BELT DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE REDUCTION OF THE CONSEQUENCES IS ALSO BEING EXAMINED, TOGETHER WITH THE INJURIES AND CONSEQUENCES WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPECTED HAD THE SEAT BELT NOT BEEN WORN.